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Show Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.  (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)

Love rejoices in truth and we experience this when we wait on Him with great hope.

(Love) Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.  (1 Corinthians 13:6, NKJV)

A contrast is presented to us in 1 Corinthians 13 as to which of two options we can rejoice in; either iniquity or truth.  There is also a contrast in the rejoicing because two different Greek words are used for rejoice in this passage which have different shades of meaning.

The Greek word for iniquity means injustice, fraud, or obtaining material positions at the expense of others, usually by deception and fraudulent business practices (see Luke 16:1-9).  Iniquity is very selfish.  Love does not rejoice in what benefits the self only, because love is to be shared and mutually enjoyed and experienced.  Rejoice in the Greek is to be glad in its cause or source; and its construction in this verse is the cause of gladness in taking advantage of the others through iniquity.  This drives home the fact of this choice, or contrast, is a self-serving choice.

Truth as used in our passage is conduct conformed to the truth, integrity; probity, virtue or a life conformed to the precepts of the gospel.  Truth is living in a way beneficial to the gospel of Christ and His kingdom.  Truth is other-centered and not selfish.  In the Greek rejoice is to rejoice, or to share in another’s joy.  There is a mutual sharing of joy in the kingdom of God when the disciple lives in truth rather than living in iniquity.

Christian fellowship is predicated upon Christ’s love for us and He taught the example of selfless love in His life, suffering, and death.  The process of waiting on God is a means by which our character is transformed into the character of Jesus.   By waiting on God with hope the Holy Spirit is free to make the choice on our behalf.  To meditate further on the choice presented of rejoicing in truth prayerfully read the following passages about sharing the life of truth in the community of believers:

Be at peace with each other (Mark 9:50)

Love one another (John 13:34)

Be joined to one another (Romans 12:5)

Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)

Honor one another (Romans 12:10)

Rejoice with one another (Romans 12:15)

Weep with one another (Romans 12:15)

Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)

Accept one another (Romans 15:7)

Counsel one another (Romans 15:14)

Greet one another (Romans 16:16)

Agree with one another (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Wait for one another (1 Corinthians 11:33)

Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)

Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

Carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)

Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)

Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)

Teach, admonish each other (Colossians 3:16)

Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Spur one another on (Hebrews 10:24)

Offer hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)

Minister gifts to one another (1 Peter 4:10)

Be humble toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)

Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)

Pray for one another (James 5:16)

Fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7)

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